Understanding Myofunctional Therapy
At Gateway Oral Health Center of St. George, Utah, we help with a wide range of dental conditions, including those diagnosed with TMJ/TMD or temporomandibular joint disorder. This condition can cause pain and discomfort for those afflicted but can be addressed using myofunctional therapy.
What is myofunctional therapy?
Dr. Bryce Eagar describes myofunctional therapy as a TMJ treatment designed to improve the function of the muscles of the face, jaw, and mouth. This type of therapy can improve TMJ symptoms by helping to properly align the teeth and jaws and enhancing the function of the muscles used for chewing and swallowing. Myofunctional therapy is an evidence-based TMJ treatment that effectively reduces TMJ pain and improves jaw function.
Myofunctional therapy can also help to improve breathing and reduce snoring. In some cases, myofunctional therapy may also be recommended as a treatment for sleep apnea.
What are some common myofunctional therapy exercises recommended by Dr. Eagar?
Here are a few common myofunctional therapy exercises that Dr. Eagar recommends:
- Jaw Release: Place your fingers on your jaw just in front of your ears. Gently open your mouth and promptly close it, letting your lower jaw fall forward into your hand. Repeat this exercise 10 times.
- Tongue Stretch: Stick out your tongue and point it downwards towards the floor. Use your teeth to hold your tongue in place for a count of five, and then release. Repeat this exercise 10 times.
- Lip Stretch: Press your lips together and then pucker them outwards, making an “O” shape with your mouth. Hold this position for the count of five, then repeat ten times.
Please schedule a consultation visit with our team today at Gateway Oral Health Center
Dr. Bryce Eagar is a myofunctional therapist and offers myofunctional therapy at his practice in St. George, UT. If you are suffering from TMJ/TMD symptoms and are seeking relief, it may be time to speak to a professional about your options. Call (435) 656-0255 to request an appointment at 720 South River Road, Suite B-210, to learn about myofunctional therapy exercises for adults.